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July 22, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: What’s the rumoured difference?

by John_A

Samsung will be announcing its next Galaxy Note device on 2 August at an event in New York. By default, the new smartphone should be called the Note 6, but Samsung has said it will be jumping a digit in order to align the Note with its current 2016 flagships.

Its debut might still be a few days away, but the Galaxy Note 7 has been the subject of plenty of rumours over the last few months. With that in mind, we have put its rumoured specs up against Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus to see how the two phablets compare. 

We will of course update this feature as the official specs are announced for the Note 7, but for now, here is how it differs from Apple’s device, based on the speculation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is reported to be coming with a design similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge but with the added advantage of the built-in S Pen. Based on the leaked images, you can expect a beautiful device sporting a metal build, tempered glass rear and a dual-edged display.

It has been claimed that the Note 7 will measure 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm and that it will be IP68 water and dust resistant. A fingerprint sensor is expected on the front, along with an iris scanner and it looks like you’ll find the S Pen tucked in the bottom right.

The Apple iPhone 6S Plus isn’t just reported to offer a lovely design, it does, featuring a fabulous all metal construction. Measuring 158.1 x 77.9 x 7.3mm and weighing 192g, Apple’s phablet looks like it will be slimmer than the Note 7, but larger in terms of overall footprint.

It too has a fingerprint sensor on the front in the form of Touch ID but there is no iris scanner or any kind of official waterproof rating and it doesn’t come with its own stylus either.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note series has featured a 5.7-inch display in the past. It’s been suggested the Galaxy Note 7 may increase this to 5.8-inches but other reports have said it will stick to the typical 5.7-inches. Either way, it looks like it will be have a curved edges like the S7 edge, as we mentioned previously.

The display technology is reported to remain as Super AMOLED and the resolution of the Note 7 is rumoured to stay at Quad HD, like recent Note devices. If the size stays at 5.7-inches and the other display rumours are accurate, the Note 7’s pixel density should be 515ppi, while a 5.8-inch display would see a drop to 506ppi.

The Apple iPhone 6S Plus has a 5.5-inch display, making it smaller than what is expected for the Note 7, despite possibly being a larger device. It also has a lower resolution than what is expected for the Note 7, with Apple choosing Full HD for a pixel density of 401ppi, meaning the Note 7 should offer sharper images. That said, the iPhone 6S Plus has a pressure sensitive display, allowing for different features based on the force with which you press.

Apple opts for an LCD IPS display for the iPhone 6S Plus. LCD tends to deliver more realistic colours than AMOLED but they can lack the punch and vibrancy found in OLED displays. Samsung’s Note devices have been praised for their displays in the past, but so have Apple’s devices, so it’s worth remembering numbers aren’t everything.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Cameras

It is thought the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will come with the same cameras as the S7 edge and S7 smartphones, both of which deliver excellent results. If this is the case, the Note 7 should feature a 12-megapixel rear snapper, coupled with a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. 

Both sensors have an aperture of f/1.7 in order to help them excel in low light conditions so if the rumours are accurate, it’s looking good for the Note 7. It is also rumoured the Note 7 might feature a new technology called Smart Glow, which is a ring of light surrounding the rear camera that lights up to indicate missed calls and messages.

The Apple iPhone 6S Plus also has a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The aperture is f/2.2 for both cameras and OIS is on board the rear, while a Retina Flash is featured on the front.

Like Samsung’s latest cameras, Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6S camera capabilities have been highly praised so while the two devices being compared here will have different ways of doing things and will be better at different things, they should both deliver great end results.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series chip, either the SD823 or the SD821, or an Exynos processor, depending on the region. Rumour has it there will be 6GB of RAM on board, along with 64GB of storage and microSD expansion.

The Note 7 is also claimed to be coming with USB Type-C for faster charging and data transfer, a feature that both the S7 and S7 edge left off their spec sheets. The battery capacity for the Note 7 has been rumoured at 4000mAh, 4200mAh and 3600mAh, so it is currently unclear which it might include.

The Apple iPhone 6S Plus features the Cupertino company’s latest chip – the A9 – with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor. It has 2GB of RAM and it is available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, none of which offer microSD expansion.

Battery capacity for the iPhone 6S Plus is said to be 2750mAh, which is quite a bit smaller than the reported capacity for the Note 7, even if the lowest suggestion is what appears in the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Software

The Galaxy Note 7 will arrive on Android Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface over the top. The iPhone 6S Plus runs on Apple’s iOS 9 software.

Some will prefer the Android OS, while others like iOS. This really comes down to personal preference. The software overlay on the Note 7 will mean there will be some app duplication that wouldn’t be there on raw Android, but you’ll also no doubt get specific features relating to the S Pen, which will be handy for productivity.

Apple’s iOS is a pretty simple and clean interface that’s nice and easy to use, but it offers less customisation than you’ll find on Android devices, and of course, there is no S Pen functionality or features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Apple iPhone 6S Plus: Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus both have plenty going for them, especially in terms of design if the rumours for the Note 7 are true.

The Note 7 will probably have more powerful hardware and the S Pen will be the deal breaker for some, but it’s worth remembering the iPhone 6S Plus is almost a year old and it has already proved itself when it comes to camera and its ability to perform.

As half of this feature is based on speculation, we will be updating it when the official Note 7 specs are released, as well as when we have reviewed it to see how it compares to the iPhone 6S Plus in the real world.

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